In the end, the price was just too high.
Multiple teams inquired about Pacers star Paul George, but no one was willing to meet the lofty demands to acquire his services by Thursday’s 3 p.m. ET NBA trade deadline. Now, the four-time All-Star, averaging 22.3 points and 6.2 assists per game, will have to attempt to lead a 29-28 squad the rest of the way without much help other than budding second-year player in Myles Turner (15.6 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.1 bpg).
The Celtics and Nuggets were the most aggressive suitors in the race for George, one of the NBA’s best small forwards along with LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard, but, in the end, Celtics Legend Larry Birds simply wanted too much to part ways with his talented 27-year-old.
It shouldn’t have taken that, though.
The NBA was trending away from candidates like Ewing. More coaches without head-coaching experience. More without even assistant experience. More without even NBA playing experience. A Hall of Fame center with 14 years on the bench as an assistant? There was no place for him.
His place, as it turns out, is back where he began. Patrick Ewing is a novice head coach who’s as ready for the job as anyone could be.
Not this college job. The one in the NBA that he never got.
For Hinkie, this would be a shocking endpoint; the league has warmed up to his philosophies, and surely any other job would be more appealing. The Sixers are still going Cheap Game Jerseys through “The Process” years later; the Kings, meanwhile, appear to be in the midst of a decadelong ordeal. Without much to trade, and with the rest of league distrustful of the current front office after the Cousins Cheap Green Bay Packers Jerseys trade, free agents will be hesitant to sign with them. The solutions for this franchise aren’t evident.